Leicester v Chelsea - Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports 1
Chelsea conceded twice on home soil against a functional Bristol Rovers side in the last round, forcing Antonio Conte to bring on John Terry, Eden Hazard and Oscar in the final 15 minutes of a 3-2 win. Disconcertingly, the likes of Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemajan Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Victor Moses and Michy Batshuayi were already on the pitch.
It was a reminder that new managers and philosophies need time, and this tie could easily be a triumph of substance over style, of longevity over ingenuity. With most of Leicester’s 4-4-2 set in stone, the fringe players don’t get too many chances to impress but could be eager to reassure Claudio Ranieri they can be trusted when called upon should opportunities arise.
Some will argue Leicester’s appetite for this competition has never been lower after winning the title but with so many key players in their late 20s, the opposite could well be true. Leonardo Ulloa is a fine example of a hungry squad player who could do some damage in this competition and he looks like a decent first goalscorer poke at 8/1.
The chain of thought is that, while Chelsea can win this game in many different ways, Leicester only know variations of the same theme. So back the Draw/Leicester half time/full time at 7/1 and Leicester to win 1-0 at 11/1. It might not be their best cast that takes to the stage but they’re all well-rehearsed in the script and know what’s expected of them.